Category Archives: Austin Elementary School

Redistricting Dunwoody Cluster Elementary Schools

The new 900 seat Austin Elementary School (AES) will open in January for the existing old Austin ES students. Redistricted students will attend the new Austin ES in August 2020.

Austin Elementary Redistricting 2019
The upcoming redistricting process will determine new attendance lines and balance student enrollment in the Dunwoody Cluster. In addition to Austin Elementary, the redistricting process could impact any (or all) of the Dunwoody Cluster Elementary Schools.

Redistricting Process
The redistricting processes will follow the District’s standard redistricting process driven by three rounds of increasingly specific community input. Once all three rounds of community input are complete, a Superintendent Recommended Redistricting Plan will be presented to the Board for approval.

Meetings will be held at Dunwoody HS Auditorium (7:00 PM):
5035 Vermack Road Dunwoody, GA

• Round 1 – Thursday, September 26, 2019
• Round 2 – Wednesday, October 23, 2019
• Round 3 – Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Austin Elementary School Redistricting


Meeting 1: The purpose of the first meeting is to gather general feedback from the community before any options are created or presented.

Meeting 2: The second meeting introduces two to four options and allows the public to provide feedback on them.

Meeting 3: The third meeting presents one “Staff Recommended” option and gives the public one more opportunity to provide feedback.

Board Approval: After the third public meeting, Planning staff incorporate all public feedback into a “Superintendent-Recommended Redistricting Plan”.

More information on the redistricting website:


Austin Elementary in the Crier
May 7, 2019 – Confusion and rumors circle the destiny of the old Austin elementary school once the new Austin elementary school opens.

Old Austin Elementary School
April 16, 2019 – The New Austin Elementary School (AES) is on schedule to open January 2020. DeKalb Schools is looking at options to alleviate trailers in the Dunwoody Cluster. The administration is currently looking into using Old AES to that end.

Delay in New Austin ES Opening
Aug 24, 2018 – The DeKalb Schools Operations Division was informed last week that we are experiencing a delay in the opening of the new Austin ES. This has shifted the opening of the school from August 2019 (start of the first semester of 2019-2020 SY) to January 2020 (start of the second semester of 2019-2020 SY).

Good question Ben Greenwald. I’ll promote the response to the body of the post.

An attendance area shall be established and maintained for each school in the DeKalb County School District, with the exception of certain district-wide schools. The attendance area shall relate to the neighborhoods surrounding and in which the school is located. Students must attend the school serving the attendance area where they reside unless an exception is provided by law or Board policy.

A. Alteration of School Attendance Areas

School attendance areas may need to be altered for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, population changes, capacity or operating efficiency concerns, change in the use of a school, closure of a school, and the opening of a new school. The Board, upon recommendation of the Superintendent, may alter school attendance areas. The Superintendent’s recommendations for alterations in school attendance areas shall be based on the following primary criteria:

1. Geographic proximity;
2. Instructional capacity; and
3. Projected enrollment.

When the primary criteria indicate more than one option for action, the options shall be evaluated on basis of one or more of the following:

1. Safety and traffic patterns;
2. Previous redistricting;
3. Intact neighborhoods;
4. Special programs, i.e., programs serving special needs students that require additional classroom space;
5. Condition of facility;
6. School feeder alignment;
7. Efficient and economical operations; or
8. Other criteria, to be publicly disclosed at or prior to a final decision by the Board.

The Superintendent shall develop a process for obtaining input from the community. In the case of school closures, the Board shall follow the procedures provided in state law regarding public hearings and comment. The Board, at its discretion, may accept, modify, or reject the recommendation of the Superintendent. The Board will base its final decision on the needs of all students in the District. The Board provides the Superintendent or his or her designee with the necessary authority to enact minor attendance area alterations that are consistent with the primary and secondary criteria listed above. Minor attendance area alteration are defined as a change in attendance area that involves the attendance line displaced no more than 1/8 of a mile from the Board approved attendance line and that involves a change of enrollment (positive or negative) of five or less (currently enrolled) students. The Superintendent shall notify the Board of any attendance area alterations.

B. Students Living in Areas Where Attendance Lines Are Altered

When attendance lines are altered, all students must attend the school serving their new attendance area, except that students rising into the highest grade available in an elementary school or middle school or rising into grades 11 or 12 in a high school will have the option of either continuing in their former school with no transportation provided by the District or attending the new home school with transportation provided under Policy ED. Students who choose the Board Policy AD: School Attendance option of remaining in their former school may later transfer to their new home school. Once the student has transferred to the new home school, the student cannot transfer back to the former school.

Austin Elementary in the Crier

Confusion and rumors circle the destiny of the old Austin elementary school once the new Austin elementary school opens.

On the day the new Austin elementary school opens, the Dunwoody Cluster will still have over 500 elementary students across the Duwnoody cluster in trailers. So what’s the plan?

In an attempt to come up with ideas, I suggested that using the old Austin elementary school in some way might help alleviate overcrowding in the cluster. I don’t believe anybody has considered the viability of this option, but I wanted to get the temperature of the community.

So, I asked on my blog What are your thoughts about using the Old AES? After careful consideration, I think the general consensus is to redistrict where possible, use nice quad trailers sparingly across the cluster and build appropriate schools to accommodate the student population.

Dunwoody Crier

In the print version of the Crier today is a somewhat factually incorrect and extremely misleading article about the plans for the old Austin elementary school.

By Adam Darby
Dunwoody Crier

Austin Elementary to Remain Open To Relieve Overcrowding

DUNWOODY, Ga. – The original Austin Elementary School will remain open despite an earlier announcement by administrators that it would close next year when a new 900-seat property opens nearby.

The decision comes in the wake of a decision by the City of Dunwoody to continue leasing the current building to the school district to relieve overcrowding.

Since the district’s 2016 agreement with the city, the city as agreed to lease the property to DeKalb Schools … (Pick up the Crier to continue reading)

Statement from the City of Dunwoody about the article:

“We want to present the real story behind an article about Austin Elementary School in this week’s Dunwoody Crier. The headline and key facts in the article are incorrect. City of Dunwoody officials have discussed options, but no decision has been made about whether to extend the lease with DeKalb County Schools to use the current campus after the new Austin opens in 2020. We have shared our concerns about the reporting for this article to the new owners of the Dunwoody Crier, Appen Media Group.”

While the Dunwoody Crier didn’t contact me about this article, I stand ready to assist them in clearing up any confusion. –Stan

Related Posts

Need Input – Old Austin Elementary
April 16, 2019 – On the day the New AES opens, the Dunwoody Cluster will still have over 500 students across the cluster in trailers. Dunwoody High School has a capacity of 1,500 students, currently has 2,100 students and is expected to have 2,300+ students by 2021.

Delay in New Austin ES Opening
Aug 24, 2018 – The DeKalb Schools Operations Division was informed last week that we are experiencing a delay in the opening of the new Austin ES. This has shifted the opening of the school from August 2019 (start of the first semester of 2019-2020 SY) to January 2020 (start of the second semester of 2019-2020 SY).

Peachtree Middle School Ball Fields

Austin Rebuild – Approved by BOE
October 5, 2016 – On Monday, the DeKalb Schools Board unanimously approved an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for the purchase, sale and exchange of land with the City of Dunwoody. After everything is said and done, DeKalb Schools will pay the City of Dunwoody $3.6 million.